U-Haul Passenger Was Killed in A Portsmouth Crash, Another Man was Injured

Drivers of big rigs above a certain weight need to hold a Commercial Drivers’ License. However, our attorneys have highlighted in the past how anyone with a driver’s license can get behind the wheel of a U-Haul. We were saddened to read about how a U-Haul passenger was killed in a Portsmouth crash this week.

According to media reports, a U-Haul truck crashed in the 1900 block of Deep Creek Boulevard in Portsmouth near Lincoln Street on Monday evening around 9:17 p.m.

Investigators said the U-Haul collided with a parked utility truck.

A male passenger was ejected from the U-Haul truck and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. The driver of the U-Haul was taken to the hospital for the treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, reported WAVY.com.

1900 block of Deep Creek Boulevard in Portsmouth

1900 block of Deep Creek Boulevard in Portsmouth

Police are still investigating the crash. Nobody was inside the parked utility truck, according to reports.

We were saddened to read about how this U-Haul passenger was killed in a Portsmouth crash. Our thoughts are with the family of the passenger who lost his life.

We often see U-Hauls and other box trucks on the roads. However, few people realize how dangerous these vehicles are.

U-Haul Passenger Was Killed in Portsmouth Crash – The Dangers of Rental Trucks

Figures from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revealed rental trucks were involved in 145 fatal crashes that claimed 177 lives in the five years up to 2014.

  • These crashes left a further 163 survivors coming to terms with serious injuries.
  • Truck drivers were found to be at fault for more than half of all truck accidents that cause serious injuries, the FMCSA reported.

Figures suggest U-Haul trucks have a worse crash record than their competitors like Penske, Enterprise, Avis, and Budget.

The biggest U-Haul trucks are 26-foot long and can weigh up to 20,000 pounds when fully loaded. That’s a frightening prospect in the hands of an inexperienced driver.

Passengers have rights in Virginia. If a passenger loses his or her life in a trucking accident, family members may have a right to make a claim against the driver’s insurer.

Nobody wants to make a claim against a family friend or talk to a lawyer when they are mourning but death can exact a heavy financial as well as emotional toll. Our experienced Virginia trucking accident lawyers can file a wrongful death claim on your behalf. See more here on our website or call (757) 455-0077.

Griff O'Hanlon

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